Match 18
3rd December 1932
Bristol Rovers v Exeter City
Exeter City Reserves v Bristol Rovers Reserves

Forwards in Form 


Rovers Win Through Beby's Goalkeeping

Saturday, December 3rd 1932.
Half-time 1 - 0.

Exeter City showed some of their best form in this match, and were the smartest team. The result turned on the goal-keeping of Beby, who saved his side not once, but several times. To him Bristol owe their victory.

Rovers : Beby Pickering Donald Irving Blake Townrow Mc Nestry Mc Kay Gibbins Eyres Jackson

Referee:Mr J.M.Wiltshire,of Sherborne.

Welsby Houghton Whitlow Higgins Scott Barber Childs Clarke
Hughes Gray

Exeter City:

Arthur Childs, for two seasons captain of Hull City, skippered the Exeter City team on the Bristol Rovers ground this afternoon in the absence of Miller. Exeter had Dick Hughes, formerly the Bristol City defender, at left-back in Miller's place, while Barber came into the half-back line again to the exclusion of Robinson. The weather was beautifully sunny, but the Stapleton Road playing pitch was very heavy after the recent rains. There was a large crowd of excursionists from Exeter, and the Exeter City colours were sported all round the enclosure. Gibbins won the toss, and Exeter had to face the sun and a strong wind. At the time of the kick-off the attendance numbered 7,000. Jacks on opened the scoring after twelve minutes with a low cross shot, Gibbins and Mc Kay having provided the opening. Beby saved shots from Higgins and Welsby, and a header by Hought on passed over the bar. It proved to be an exhillarating first half, and the Rovers were flattered by their lead. Very good work was done by Exeter's half backs, with Barber in splendid form. Beby in the second half kept out shots that would have beaten most goalkeepers. Higgins made two excellent scoring attempts, and the second time Beby made a miraculous right-handed save which earned the biggest round of applause of the whole afternoon. The match was said to be the best seen at Bristol this season.


A former English International in Tom Cook was included in the Bristol Rovers Reserves at St James's Park this afternoon. Both sides were strongly represented, as follows:

City:- Ince; Ditchburn, Robinson; E.Keefe, Angus, Connaboy J.Gumm, S.Risdon, Poulter, Kennedy, S.Hurst.

Rovers:- Harvey; R.Golledge, Stoddart; Beattie, Lewis, Mc Andrew;
Dando, Cook, Riley, Miles, Green.

Charlie Miller, who was among the spectators, is making excellent progress following his injury last Wedne sday, and hopes to be in action much sooner than was anticipated at first. Harvey was soon in action, saving a free kick taken by Angus, and at the other end Ince had to run out to make a daring clearance with Riley closing in at full speed. Risdon passed to Poulter, who shot the ball into the net as the goalkee per advanced. Poulter scored again from Gumm's centre and Riley for Bristol drove yards wide with Ince out of his goal. Gumm obliged with another nice centre which Hurst headed into the Bristol net, the goal being disallowed for offside. The game then took an astonishing turn, Riley scoring three times for Bristol, the last from a penalty. Poulter and Kennedy scored for the City, who led at the interval by:- 
4 to 3. The City practically "walked" their way to victory in the second half. Poulter, who was a brilliant success at centre forward, got three more goals, and Risdon two.

Saturday, December 10th 1932.

Friendly Match at St James's Park.

Exeter City were at home this afternoon to a representative side from the Bristol and District League in a "friendly" match, and the teams lined up in a chilling easterly wind before a crowd of less than five hundred.

Exeter City
E.Mahir Gray 
Clarke Childs Barber 
Scott Whitlow S.Hurst Houghton Higgins

Referee:- Mr C.W.Goad, of Exeter.

Price Brown Palmer Day Jones
Cuff Saunders Hall
Brooks Sampson
Bristol League.

There was a surprise opening, for after each side had taken a corner Bristol broke away from their own half. Jones, fed with a neat pass from Palmer, broke clear in the middle with the ball at his feet, and noticing that Davies was advancing from his goal he placed a lob shot accurately into the net from outside the penalty area. Barber, Houghton, and Higgins put in some stylish triangular play on the City left, but good combination by the League team put the Exeter goal in peril, and Davies saved from Brown. Houghton put Higgins through with a lovely ground pass, and Higgins's shot was kicked on to the goalpost by Sampson. Enterprising play by the League eleven ended in another good shot by Brown being kicked the wrong way by Mahir, and Davies had the utmost difficulty in saving. Then a corner kick from Jones landed on top of the City crossbar, and a few minutes later Jones scored again with a capital ground shot. A penalty to Exeter was taken by Higgins, who drove the ball over the bar. A header by Hurst was tipped over the bar by Cuff, then a run by Childs nearly the length of the field aroused some excitement. At last the City attack got moving, and Higgins beat two opponents in a clever dribble before passing to Houghton, who scored. The football generally was poor, Exeter taking things far too easily at times. Eventually, however, a cross shot from Hurst was too strong for Cuff, the ball screwing out of his hands for Whitlow to net at close range. Exeter attacked almost incessantly in the second half, with the wind in their favour, but the play was ragged, and Hurst received very little support. One shot of his hit the crossbar, and others from the City forwards went into the side net. The marksmanship was not often very impressive. In the closing minutes Exeter made serious attempts to score the winning goal but the Bristol defence was remarkably stubborn and by heroic efforts managed to prevent a goal against them. Right at the end the Exeter goal had a sensational escape when a shot from Palmer cannoned against Davies and went behind.

Western League

Western League match at Taunton. Angus headed clear from under the crossbar in Taunton's first attack. Risdon was unlucky with his shot striking the crossbar at the other end. After 30 minutes Welsby scrambled the ball through to give the City the lead, and this was held until the interval. Clemett and Brace scored for Taunton in the second half, and in the closing minutes Kennedy equalised with a crashing shot which left Johnson helpless.


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